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Jan
20
comment Job Interview in London Requires Me to Wire Transfer Funds to the Travel Agent
@CMaster and so are for most of us job contracts as well. In markets where there's a glut of candidates for every job the company can pretty well dictate the terms of employment and get their pick of candidates still.
Jan
20
comment Job Interview in London Requires Me to Wire Transfer Funds to the Travel Agent
@HenningMakholm same here. Unless the offer letter were a legal document and bound the company to the terms and conditions (including pay, work hours, etc.) to be detailed in the contract I'd never leave an existing job based on it, and if it's not enough to get a work permit it's apparently not legally binding.
Jan
20
comment Job Interview in London Requires Me to Wire Transfer Funds to the Travel Agent
@HenningMakholm if it goes like in the Netherlands you're usually getting a draft of the contract by email with a statement that your employment will start on such and such a date if you mail back your agreement. Then on the day you get there you find the paper contract ready to sign. Or you even get the contract as a PDF, presigned by the company, as an email, which you sign and bring with you on your first day or send back by regular mail. Getting a signed contract mailed to you on paper is rare these days.
Jan
20
comment Job Interview in London Requires Me to Wire Transfer Funds to the Travel Agent
I'm not even sure you can legally go job hunting/go for a job interview in the UK while having only a tourist visa. You quite possibly need a business visa (not a work permit, but you're there on business travel, just like anyone coming over for business meetings).'
Jan
11
comment Does the UK visa system discriminate against Muslims?
I wouldn't call extra scrutiny for people from countries known to be a source of mass visa violations discrimination...
Dec
15
comment How to carry a banned item on a US flight?
@gerrit they're rejected by most shipping companies because they don't have the equipment, trained staff, and permits to handle them. Contract a company that has those and you can ship them, which will of course be more expensive than taking the cheapest offer and may take longer.
Dec
14
comment In Indonesia, is import duty levied on items intended as gifts?
"oh, those 10 pallets of computers are gifts to all my friends who're just reimbursing me for the cost of bringing them into the country".
Dec
11
comment Is leaving airport at a stop before the final destination illegal?
@Dronz marketing. Sometimes you can get a ticket A-B-C which is cheaper than B-C. May sound strange but it happens. Same as two way tickets often being cheaper than one way tickets. So A-B-A may be cheaper than B-A.
Nov
26
comment €5 coin not accepted
and remember that such coins, even if minted in relatively large quantities, tend to become ever more rare in circulation as most end up in collections rapidly.
Oct
30
comment Is it legal to drive in the nude in the USA (specifically Kansas)?
@Flimzy I don't think a higher court would agree with them, but that doesn't stop them from making the claim :)
Oct
30
comment Is it legal to drive in the nude in the USA (specifically Kansas)?
Are they? Have those laws ever been challenged under the first ammendment and been found to trump it? I doubt it. I think if someone were to challenge those laws under the first ammendment he'd probably win. But doing so is a long and expensive process, which most people aren't going to try.
Oct
30
comment Is it legal to drive in the nude in the USA (specifically Kansas)?
@Flimzy it's a common argument made by people who insist that the police searching their car is a violation of the constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure. I'm far from certain that argument would hold up in a constitutional court, but I'm no expert on the law. Maybe there is jurispudence to be found.
Oct
30
comment Is it legal to drive in the nude in the USA (specifically Kansas)?
at least one state understands that regulating clothing is regulating expression and thus a violation of the 1st ammendment...
Oct
30
comment Can I bring fast food in my checked luggage on a flight to the USA?
even if it were allowed, would the food really be in a state that's appealing to eat after you get home?
Oct
30
comment Can I bring fast food in my checked luggage on a flight to the USA?
and a paper wrapped burger will almost certainly not have its ingredients listed either...
Oct
7
comment Outstaying 90 day limit in USA by 1 day = problem?
indeed, you're not allowed to work on a tourist visa, and that includes volunteer work (visiting a trade show is usually allowed, if you're not there to sell things). And no, claiming it was "educational" isn't a loophole around that as you can't do education on a tourist visa either (except visiting conferences for a few days)
Oct
7
comment Can a baby travel with Grandparents from US to India?
and include phone numbers so the airline and border patrol can call to verify.
Oct
5
comment Is there a list of authorized airline companies that can fly in/to Europe?
yes, the list is largely a political instrument. I worked for Garuda in Amsterdam when they were put on the list for supposed violations which had no relation at all to their long haul operations (they had suffered a number of accidents on internal short haul routes and had some drugs problem with short haul crew). What was the real cause (at least according to Garuda staff I worked with) was the strong position Garuda had at Frankfurt in the cargo business, which was threatening Lufthansa's cargo operations to Asia. The ban removed a major competitor for LH's operations there...
Sep
28
comment What are the options to travel to Mecca or Jabal al-Nour as a non-Muslim?
@BurhanKhalid there's always special exceptions if a person in the right place is handed the right amount of money... This is pretty much universally true of bureaucracies around the world. But yes, the case is presented rather simplistic here. Typically such foreigners would face a demand to convert to islam before they're allowed to do their job.
Sep
28
comment Being separated from one's young children on a flight
@ErwinBolwidt it's a big deal maybe, depending on the child. But what it's NOT is a situation where the child is automatically going to be in grave danger of being abducted or molested, which is the reason usually given for why children should never sit next to strangers (in fact BA and possibly others have policies to that regard stating explicitly those reasons why children should not ever be allowed to sit next to men who're not parents, an insult to all men...).